The New Oxford Shakespeare: Authorship Companion

ISBN : 9780199591169

Gary Taylor; Gabriel Egan
752 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Jan 2017
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  • Cutting-edge research in attribution studies
  • A new perspective on the dating of Shakespeare's plays, and on his dramatic collaborations
  • Combines the work of senior scholars with exciting new voices
  • Explores the latest developments in the understanding of Shakespeare's style and methods for detecting and describing it
  • Covers the entire breadth of Shakespeare's writing, across the plays and the poems
  • A record of all early documents relevant to authorship and chronology
  • A survey and synthesis of past scholarship to 2016
  • Individual case studies combined with broader analysis of theories and methods

This companion volume to The New Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Worksconcentrates on the issues of canon and chronology—currently the most active and controversial debates in the field of Shakespeare editing. It presents in full the evidence behind the choices made in The Complete Works about which works Shakespeare wrote, in whole or part. A major new contribution to attribution studies, the Authorship Companion illuminates the work and methodology underpinning the groundbreaking New Oxford Shakespeare, and casts new light on the professional working practices, and creative endeavours, of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. We now know that Shakespeare collaborated with his literary and dramatic contemporaries, and that others adapted his works before they reached printed publication. The Authorship Companion's essays explore and explain these processes, laying out everything we currently know about the works' authorship. Using a variety of different attribution methods, The New Oxford Shakespeare has confirmed the presence of other writers' hands in plays that until recently were thought to be Shakespeare's solo work. Taking this process further with meticulous, fresh scholarship, essays in the Authorship Companion show why we must now add new plays to the accepted Shakespeare canon and reattribute certain parts of familiar Shakespeare plays to other writers. The technical arguments for these decisions about Shakespeare's creativity are carefully laid out in language that anyone interested in the topic can understand. The latest methods for authorship attribution are explained in simple but accurate terms and all the linguistic data on which the conclusions are based is provided.
The New Oxford Shakespeare consists of four interconnected publications: the Modern Critical Edition (with modern spelling), the Critical Reference Edition (with original spelling), a companion volume on Authorship, and an online version integrating all of this material on OUP's high-powered scholarly editions platform. Together, they provide the perfect resource for the future of Shakespeare studies.


List of Illustrations
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations,
The Counting of Acts and Scenes in the New Oxford Shakespeare
List of Contributors
Works Cited

About the author: 

Edited by Gary Taylor, Distinguished Research Professor, Florida State University, and Gabriel Egan, Professor of Shakespeare Studies, De Montfort University
Terri Bourus, Indiana University, Indianapolis, USA
John Burrows, University of Newcastle, Australia
Francis X. Connor, Wichita State University, USA
Hugh Craig, University of Newcastle, Australia
Douglas Duhaime, Yale University, USA
Gabriel Egan, De Montfort University, UK
Jack Elliott, University of Newcastle, Australia
David Gants, Florida State University, USA
Brett Greatley- Hirsch, University of Leeds, UK
R. V. Holdsworth, University of Manchester, UK
MacDonald P. Jackson, University of Auckland, NZ
John Jowett, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK
Farah Karim-Cooper, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, UK
Rory Loughnane, Indiana University, Indianapolis, USA
John V. Nance, Florida State University, USA
Giuliano Pascucci, Independent Scholar
Anna Pruitt, Indiana University, Indianapolis, USA
Marina Tarlinskaja, University of Washington, USA
Gary Taylor, Florida State University, USA

"The Authorship Companion is a specialists banquet, a garden of discussion, argument, analysis, interpretation, speculation, information, and theoretical reflection, equal parts majestic survey of the state of authorship and deep dives into technical questions." - Henry S. Turner, SEL

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